Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hall of What?

From M&C:

Veteran singers Neil Diamond, Tom Waits and Alice Cooper are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, the fabled institution has announced.

Also granted the prestigious honour were Dr John and Darlene Love. Other nominees such as Bon Jovi, as well as multiple nominees LL Cool J, Donna Summer, the Beastie Boys, J Geils Band, Chuck Willis, Chic and Joe Tex will have to wait for another year. The awards will be presented on March 14 in New York.

Who the hell is Tom Waits? A quick search on his Wikipedia page doesn't help much, except to confirm that he's not a superstar, hasn't had much commercial success in the United States and has a cult following.

I think that to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, people -at least most people - should have at least either heard of the performer (or band) or should at least be somewhat familiar (or even have heard) some of their music. I think that to be in the Hall or Fame, the performer should have the distinction of having made a dent - or a scar - on the music world and that their music is a part of the American fabric. It's called the Hall of Fame, after all.

How Rush isn't in the Hall of Fame yet is beyond me. How Alice Cooper and Bon Jovi aren't in yet, either, is equally puzzling. Kinda makes me dubious of the Hall altogether.

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